Friday, July 22, 2022

DGCA grounds plane, off-rosters crew, orders probe

Mumbai: After an Air India Dubai Kochi flight suffered loss of cabin pressurisation and was diverted to Mumbai where it landed safely, the DGCA initiated an inquiry into the episode. "The aircraft has been grounded and the crew has been off-rostered," Arun Kumar, director general, civil aviation, said. An Air India spokesperson said the flight, AI-934, was diverted to Mumbai due to a technical issue and another aircraft was being arranged to fly the passengers to Kochi.

In recent months, the country has witnessed a rise in air turnbacks and flight diversions over engineering issues.

Jet aircraft fly at high altitudes with a pressurised fuselage that maintains pressure and temperature at levels physiologically fit for humans. While most jets have cabin air pressure equivalent to that experienced at an altitude of 8000 feet, the Dreamliner, with its composite fuselage, can maintain a lower cabin pressure of about 6,000 feet.

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